The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. ISBN: 9780141011455

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The Smartest Guys in the Room is fundamentally a human drama — of people drunk on their own success, people so ambitious, so certain of their own brilliance, so fueled by greed and hubris that they believed they could fool the world. The book explores the motives, thoughts, and secret fears of a fascinating array of characters. No matter how much (or how little) you already know about Enron, the revelations in The Smartest Guys in the Room will shock you. You’ll witness the astonishing extent to which Enron’s business was an illusion. You’ll meet the enigmatic Enron executive who seemed interested in only two things: money and strip clubs. You’ll learn the truth about the California power crisis. You’ll see how much Wall Street knew about Enron’s shenanigans and why the Street chose to look the other way. You’ll learn the dirty secrets that Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and J. P. Morgan Chase have kept out of the headlines to this day. Just as Watergate was the defining political story of our time, so Enron is the biggest business story of our time. And just as All the President’s Men was the one Watergate book that gave readers the full story, with all the drama and nuance, The Smartest Guys in the Room is the one book you must read to understand this shocking business saga.

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